TAH-TYE, THE LAST 'POSSUM IN THE POUCH by Mary Alice Fontenot

TAH-TYE, THE LAST 'POSSUM IN THE POUCH

Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 This book's dawdling pace may leave readers wondering just who's playing 'possum: the characters in the book or the book itself. Little Tah-Tye, a baby opossum, suffers from separation anxieties when Mamma 'Possum cuts off access to his warm, secure pouch. On various forays into the bayou, Tah-Tye gets his nose scratched by brambles and his tail nipped by a snapping turtle. His mother remains sympathetic but insists he stay outside in the cold, cruel world. After pigging out on persimmons, Tah-Tye begins to feel a little more self-confident. The ultimate challenge comes with a surprise rattlesnake attack. Tah-Tye plays dead--just like the grown-ups do--and passes his initiation into adulthood with flying colors. The bayou locale adds ambience, although the story meanders like a Louisiana tributary without justifiable effect. The illustrations portray the blue and green of a swamp in moonlight. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1996
ISBN: 1-884725-10-4
Page count: 20pp
Publisher: Blue Heron
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1996




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